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by Richard Stokes
August 5th, 2017, 5:36 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Reminder: "Fool Us!" starts new season tonight! 7_13
Replies: 13
Views: 1383

Re: Reminder: "Fool Us!" starts new season tonight! 7_13

I was surprised when Penn & Teller failed to spot the Tamariz displacement ruse when Siegfreid Tieber performed an updated version of Tamariz's Neither Blind nor Stupid.
by Richard Stokes
July 28th, 2017, 7:24 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: David Pogue on why products fail.
Replies: 6
Views: 829

Re: David Pogue on why products fail.

I think I'm gradually mastering Sierra.

But now I've learned that High Sierra will soon be released.

Where will it end?

K2? Everest?
by Richard Stokes
July 22nd, 2017, 11:21 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: David Pogue on why products fail.
Replies: 6
Views: 829

Re: David Pogue on why products fail.

Having upgraded to Sierra, I was quite annoyed this morning to find that my Canon IXUS compact camera can no longer download pictures to my iMac either by USB cord or wirelessly. On Yosemite it was automatic and idiot-proof. Fortunately, I have an old Yosemite based laptop so I was able to download ...
by Richard Stokes
July 13th, 2017, 10:06 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: David Pogue on why products fail.
Replies: 6
Views: 829

David Pogue on why products fail.

I've just updated my Mac to the Sierra operating system. So I also bought David Pogue's massive guide to Sierra from Amazon. I then came across Pogue's TED talk on 'Why Products Fail' which is amusing in its own right: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dEHB9OBNlc#t=288.151523084 He discusses the Upgr...
by Richard Stokes
July 4th, 2017, 5:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine
Replies: 25
Views: 2788

Re: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine

Does anyone know why he resigned?

Was it the itty-bitty Assembly News?

I really like Antonio Cabral's column on card magic.

And the Product Reviews are strong
by Richard Stokes
April 30th, 2017, 12:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 3 Riddles
Replies: 17
Views: 1537

Re: 3 Riddles

These riddles can have multiple solutions.
For example, Number One.
The wrestler is strong and fit , but very tall - say 7 foot plus, so people offer him a seat so that he can sit down and have a more comfortable train ride.
by Richard Stokes
April 5th, 2017, 7:43 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic goes to war
Replies: 3
Views: 651

Re: Magic goes to war

The Australian War Memorial in Canberra has a photographic archive which many researchers in the USA and UK have overlooked.
The dummy WW1 tanks built by Aussie engineers for the Western Front in 1918 look impressive.

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/E04933/
by Richard Stokes
March 26th, 2017, 10:08 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Kellar's Self-Decapitation
Replies: 2
Views: 713

Kellar's Self-Decapitation

Is there an explanation of Kellar's Self-Decapitation Mystery in print?

I've read that J. Steinmeyer recreated the illusion at the 2015 LA Magic History Conference.

Thanks for any guidance on this.
by Richard Stokes
March 15th, 2017, 9:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 10505

Re: Magicians Documentary

The documentary presented a pessimistic but plausible narrative implying that many of us lead lives of 'quiet desperation'.

This could well be true for most of us (whatever our profession). Life is a struggle - even in my sleepy, well-mannered, home town of heritage-drenched Stamford.
by Richard Stokes
February 17th, 2017, 5:45 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: The Contents of The Secrets of So Sato
Replies: 58
Views: 17438

Re: The Contents of The Secrets of So Sato

Last year Mark Elsdon emailed a recommendation - a blast from the past - about a powerful trick which had been overlooked. This was Horse Race by Nick Trost (see pages 91 to 93 of the Card Magic of Nick Trost). I checked this reference out and discovered it was quite a gem. I loved the way it could ...
by Richard Stokes
February 13th, 2017, 1:21 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Direct Triple Prediction by Harapan Ong
Replies: 1
Views: 1349

Re: Direct Triple Prediction by Harapan Ong

Even though it's disguised, it still has enough elements of the ancient one-ahead trick to un-baffle the spectators. I don't have my copy in the UK, but I prefer a trick in Randy Wakeman Presents where spectators mysteriously locate their own cards as the magician spreads the deck in his hands. From...
by Richard Stokes
January 26th, 2017, 12:44 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Talking Dead: Spirits in the Ether
Replies: 0
Views: 567

The Talking Dead: Spirits in the Ether

Spirits in the ether: Oliver Lodge and the physics of the spirit world 7.00pm to 8.30pm, Wednesday 1 February, Royal Institute of Science, London. "Oliver Lodge was a pioneering physicist of the 20th Century, who made key breakthroughs in the development of radio. However,in an age obsessed wit...
by Richard Stokes
January 2nd, 2017, 2:53 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: The Tokyo Zodiac Murders
Replies: 5
Views: 2263

Re: The Tokyo Zodiac Murders

Actually, I mentioned this book earlier in 2016 on the Forum. I've repeated the post in case you missed it: "This ingenious crime novel by Soji Shimada was published back in 1981, and only translated into English in 2004. The book became quite rare and expensive on the 2nd hand market. Fortunat...
by Richard Stokes
December 26th, 2016, 12:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Season's greetings from Little Egypt
Replies: 4
Views: 1232

Re: Season's greetings from Little Egypt

Yes, a great site, but I almost came a cropper when I showed my 'picture' of a Scorpion Moth (July 2013) to my friend. She shrieked and the contents of her wine glass went flying everywhere including over her laptop. Fortunately, I was able to clean the keyboard before it did any damage. A narrow es...
by Richard Stokes
December 25th, 2016, 7:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Rapturous performance
Replies: 3
Views: 691

Rapturous performance

Chris Pratt performed a hideous bloated card trick on the Graham Norton show.
Surprisingly it got a strong reaction from Jennifer Lawrence.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zQOb6-xu18

If only a raptor had jumped up halfway thru the routine and chomped his hand off...
by Richard Stokes
December 23rd, 2016, 5:09 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Orson Welles in Rome
Replies: 9
Views: 1345

Re: Orson Welles in Rome

Thanks for that useful information.
The film was shot in November and early December of 1948, so the dates provided make sense.
by Richard Stokes
December 22nd, 2016, 3:16 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Orson Welles in Rome
Replies: 9
Views: 1345

Orson Welles in Rome

The Blu-Ray edition of The Third Man recounts how difficult it was to persuade Orson to show up in Vienna for his role as Harry Lime. It says he kept moving back and forth to various hotels in European capitals and refused to take calls. Eventually they managed to lure him out of his hotel in Rome b...
by Richard Stokes
October 12th, 2016, 7:07 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Low status of magicians?
Replies: 2
Views: 1128

Low status of magicians?

Everyone must be aware of the growing Creepy Clowns crisis. Netflix chat show host Chelsea Handler warned us that genuine clowns need to be protected. She rephrased a famous poem by concentration camp survivor Martin Niemöller. The original poem went: "First they came for the Socialists, and I ...
by Richard Stokes
October 7th, 2016, 8:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Spoonfed Uri Geller Trilogy
Replies: 0
Views: 731

Spoonfed Uri Geller Trilogy

"Five hours of insight, advice and incredible stories by one of the most fascinating geniuses of the last one hundred years." BONUS! A special gift for those who will act fast enough to purchase this very limited edition of DVDs. You will receive a special spoon, personally bent and signed...
by Richard Stokes
October 3rd, 2016, 2:32 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Male Paranoia
Replies: 4
Views: 1423

Re: Male Paranoia

Thanks. I'll have to take a closer look at Reginald Scot's writings.

There's a fairly new book by Philip Almond - England's First Demonologist: Reginald Scot and 'the Discoverie of Witchcraft' - maybe I'll start there.
by Richard Stokes
October 2nd, 2016, 4:58 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Male Paranoia
Replies: 4
Views: 1423

Male Paranoia

Ever woken one morning with your penis missing? Ever blamed it on a witch? Check out the online article by Callie Beusman: "Witches Allegedly Stole Penises and Kept Them as Pets in the Middle Ages". https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/witches-allegedly-stole-penises-and-kept-them-as-pet...
by Richard Stokes
September 21st, 2016, 7:47 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Odd One Out Puzzle
Replies: 6
Views: 1324

Re: Odd One Out Puzzle

Yes, Jack worked the number sequence out. And Ian is very close.
This is a tough one.
by Richard Stokes
September 21st, 2016, 6:19 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Odd One Out Puzzle
Replies: 6
Views: 1324

Re: Odd One Out Puzzle

Ian got it right.

I really liked this puzzle.

Here's one to torture you:

What the hell does this sequence of numbers mean?

11111111111111111111113111

It looks impossible, but it can be solved and you will remember the exact sequence for the rest of your life...because you already know it.
by Richard Stokes
September 21st, 2016, 3:35 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Odd One Out Puzzle
Replies: 6
Views: 1324

Re: Odd One Out Puzzle

If you like, send me a private message with the solution.

If you loved or hated the puzzle, or know of similar ones, you could make an open comment.
by Richard Stokes
September 21st, 2016, 2:49 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Odd One Out Puzzle
Replies: 6
Views: 1324

Odd One Out Puzzle

Alex Bellos writes very interesting books on numbers and puzzles. He gave a talk at Woolsthorpe Manor, Lincolnshire, as part of the Gravity Fields Festival. The Manor was the birthplace and home of Isaac Newton, and happens to be only 20 mts drive from where I live. https://www.theguardian.com/scien...
by Richard Stokes
September 8th, 2016, 8:51 am
Forum: General
Topic: Return of a Controversial Blog
Replies: 255
Views: 46508

Re: Return of a Controversial Blog

How I long for a Postnarrativist Philosophy of Historiography...
by Richard Stokes
August 29th, 2016, 4:37 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Penn Jillette's "Director's Cut" makes its debut tonight
Replies: 4
Views: 1825

Re: Penn Jillette's "Director's Cut" makes its debut tonight

It was shown at the London Frightfest today (Aug 30th).

Negative reviews so far from horror aficionados:

"3/10 - A few hilarious moments... but not worth digging out from the blah."

"Agreed. A one joke movie that stretches its singular conceit out to 90 minutes."
by Richard Stokes
July 30th, 2016, 6:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 456
Views: 120369

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

Have just come across Losing End Poker in the Bammo book (p 318-320).

Others have mentioned this non-Jonah method earlier in this post.

What a brilliant card trick!

Made my day.

Thanks, Jon Racherbaumer and compiler Bob Farmer, for including it in the book.
by Richard Stokes
July 27th, 2016, 6:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool Us - Season 3
Replies: 111
Views: 17864

Re: Fool Us - Season 3

Yes, that was an interesting audio by Max Maven discussing the appropriateness of Farquar's joke on the recent Penn and Teller. Was the joke sexist? Lame? Dated? Plagiarised? Hackneyed? Presumptively heteronormative? (Not sure what that means!) Farquar also made a joke about wives - how they change ...
by Richard Stokes
July 4th, 2016, 6:48 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Max Milton's Direct Steal
Replies: 1
Views: 2052

Re: Max Milton's Direct Steal

This is a clean and cool video and I look forward to further releases.
by Richard Stokes
July 3rd, 2016, 11:40 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Smash & Stab Goes Wrong
Replies: 31
Views: 6374

Re: Smash & Stab Goes Wrong

She screams like Yoko...
by Richard Stokes
June 30th, 2016, 10:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Derren Brown - Miracle - A Review
Replies: 11
Views: 3615

Re: Derren Brown - Miracle - A Review

Finally saw Derren Brown's show Miracle in Nottingham this week. I thought it was very good. For example, I liked the coin routine where, despite giving advance warning, he deceives a spectator six times in succession. And my non-magic friends were stunned by Derren's ability to impede or enhance a ...
by Richard Stokes
April 25th, 2016, 6:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Why are so many celebrities dying in 2016?
Replies: 19
Views: 4213

Re: Why are so many celebrities dying in 2016?

"That's a load of crap. This particular point in time is no different than any other. Clusters of deaths run in cycles ... that's all. Use some common sense." The BBC Radio 4 Program, More or Less, which investigates dodgy stats,is more sympathetic to the Joe Mckay/Chris Wasshuber line of ...
by Richard Stokes
April 24th, 2016, 4:51 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: New book on mechanical movement for puppets and automata
Replies: 9
Views: 5916

Re: New book on mechanical movement for puppets and automata

This new book looks fascinating.

Also worth checking is a website downunder:
http://cyberneticzoo.com/about/
by Richard Stokes
March 11th, 2016, 3:03 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jim Patton Has Died
Replies: 15
Views: 4474

Re: Jim Patton Has Died

My Oxford Thesaurus of English provides 33 alternatives to 'ingratiating' and they are all negative. This section in the Thesaurus almost reads like a John Cleese sketch where he bombards you with insults: "sycophantic,toadying,obsequious,servile,insincere, nauseating, sickening, smarmy, slimy,...
by Richard Stokes
March 10th, 2016, 6:33 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jim Patton Has Died
Replies: 15
Views: 4474

Re: Jim Patton Has Died

The March obituary by Michael Perovich contains that awkward line: "J M P was stylish, soothing and ingratiating." Ingratiating is a pejorative expression in the UK, but I assume Michael did not mean to imply that J M P was sycophantic or insincere. Perhaps in America you use the word diff...
by Richard Stokes
March 4th, 2016, 10:12 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: The Tokyo Zodiac Murders
Replies: 1
Views: 1702

The Tokyo Zodiac Murders

This ingenious crime novel by Soji Shimada was published back in 1981, and only translated into English in 2004. The book became quite rare and expensive on the 2nd hand market. Fortunately, it was reprinted in September 2015. I finally finished my copy last week while taking a break downunder. The ...
by Richard Stokes
January 12th, 2016, 7:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 270: Apollo Robbins on the Other Side of the Record
Replies: 84
Views: 13119

Re: 270: Apollo Robbins on the Other Side of the Record

There's a huge amount of research in Psychology that strongly suggests that our memories of even significant events are faulty and incomplete. Even the concept of 'flashbulb' memory has been challenged. I would quote you the precise references, but I've forgotten them. I am still convinced that I kn...
by Richard Stokes
December 15th, 2015, 6:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Opus Reunion in London
Replies: 7
Views: 2205

Re: Opus Reunion in London

Will Houston's Order & Chaos was an outstanding closing effect to his lecture. The spectator thoroughly shuffles the deck, randomising the cards, but at the climax the magician reveals the shuffled deck miraculously matches a second tabled deck which has remained in full view. I also enjoyed wat...
by Richard Stokes
December 12th, 2015, 4:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Maskeylyne's War Magician Getting the Cinematic Treatment
Replies: 9
Views: 1996

Re: Maskeylyne's War Magician Getting the Cinematic Treatmen

maskelynemagic.com The links to all the Maskelyne articles and the rare photo sets should now be working. If you come across a faulty link, email me at rjs@maskelynemagic.com I still have to delete the blank spaces at the bottom of the screen view. But you should be able to access all the relevant m...

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